Any parent with a child in school or day care knows how fast germs spread and how easy it is for a child to get sick. According to the CDC, this year’s cold & flu season is trending to be equally as severe as last year’s--47 US states have declared the incidence of flu to be regional or widespread and nearly 10,000 cases of H1N1 have been reported. I can certainly attest to what the CDC reports is true. Both my kids are in day care and they are constantly sick especially my 9-month-old son. He starts to feel better and two days later he’s sick allover again. Every single kid in his class is coughing and has a runny nose. It’s terrible! That’s why it’s so important to do whatever you can to prevent getting sick during this awful cold and flu season.
This is where Lysol comes in. They recently sent me a package of items to try out including disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray and antibacterial foaming hand soap. Actually, my wife has been using the spray and wipes for years now. She has always felt that Lysol is the better product to clean and disinfect with. Our favorite product is definitely the wipes. They are easy and quick to use. Sometimes you need a quick fix that does the job 1-2-3 especially when you have kids.
The wipes are great for cleaning up messes and they can be used on hard surfaces all around the house, including: counter tops, sinks, door knobs, light switches, telephones, bathtub, toilet seats, glazed ceramic tiles, cabinets, shower door, vanity tops and chrome fixtures. Most important, Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria (when used as directed), including: Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Human Coronavirus, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1. The wipes also remove more than 95% of allergens (Pet Dander, Dust Mite Debris and Pollen Particles). The suggested retail for the wipes (35 count) is $2.99 and can be found at your local grocery store and retailers such as Target and Walmart.
Lysol® Disinfectant Spray also kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria and 99.9% of mold and mildew and 57 different microorganisms. The spray can be used on hard surfaces all around the house, including: counter tops, sinks, door knobs, light switches, telephones, bathtub, toilet seats, remote controllers, cabinets, shower door, vanity tops and chrome fixtures as well as on soft surfaces, including: couches/sofas, mattresses and pet beds to kill bacteria. The suggested retail for the spray is $4.97 and can be found at your local grocery store and retailers such as Target and Walmart.
In addition to a full line of products to help kill germs, Lysol has a “Healthing” initiative, which includes an arsenal of cold and flu factoids and insider prevention tips and expert advice that they would like to share with you. Below please find some “Did you know” facts and preventative tips in order to stay healthy through spring.
- While Americans may understand CDC prevention recommendations like regular hand washing and surface disinfection, real behavior often is contradictory. For example, a recent study from the Global Hygiene Council (GHC) found that the majority of respondents (53%) only wash their hands for 10 seconds or less after using the toilet when the optimal time for washing is 20 seconds.
- Americans may not know that NOT all cleaning products disinfect, which is the key to stopping illness in its tracks. LYSOL supports cold and flu prevention by offering a full range of effective products to stop the spread of harmful germs, like the LYSOL Healthy Touch™ No-Touch Hand Soap System, LYSOL Disinfectant Spray and Disinfecting Wipes.
In addition, Lysol has some insider tips and know-how that can minimize this risk and help families stay healthy. For example:
- Taxis are the cleanest form of public transportation as compared to airplanes or rental cars, which are the least clean.
- The first bathroom stall in public restrooms is usually the cleanest.
- Bathroom taps harbour more germs than the toilet seat.
- The kitchen sink contains 100,000x more germs than a bathroom or lavatory.
- The TV remote is one of the top places to transmit infections in the home.
- Light switches are some of the most frequently touched surfaces in the home.
- Staying indoors – and thus, in close contact with other people’s germs – encourages cold and flu transmission more than being out in the cold, as is commonly believed.
- Stress taxes the immune system and can cause people to neglect sleep, healthy diet, and exercise, which ultimately makes them more vulnerable to getting sick.
For more information on Lysol and its products please visit their website at www.lysol.com.